'Biggest Loser' trainer Jillian Michaels won't return for season 16

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"The Biggest: Loser" is losing its toughest trainer, Jillian Michaels.NBC / Today

When "The Biggest Loser" returns in September, it will be without one very familiar face. Tough-talking trainer Jillian Michaels won't be back for season 16 of the weight-loss competition.

"After helping hundreds of contestants transform their lives and inspiring millions of viewers at home, 'The Biggest Loser' and Jillian Michaels have decided to part ways and she will not be returning for season 16 when it airs in the fall," a statement from NBC read.

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This marks Michaels' third departure from the series. She first left in 2006, missing season three of the competition. Later she said goodbye again in 2011, sitting out both seasons 12 and 13. 

Season 16 kicks off Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. on NBC. 

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